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Film Permits

The San Antonio Film Commission coordinates all activities of commercial filming, videotaping and/or still photography on city-owned property, which encompasses more than 250+ parks and facilities including the River Walk, libraries, Hemisfair, city parks, La Villita, and Market Square. The Film Commission also helps connect filmmakers to film-savvy police officers, street closure officials and park police, when needed.

As a film-friendly city, film permit fees are waived for all productions, to ensure filmmakers and photographers can work in an efficient and affordable way.

PLEASE NOTE:
  • You must apply for the San Antonio Film Permit at least ten business days before principal day of shooting.
  • Commercial productions are required to submit a certificate of insurance to FilmSA@FilmSanAntonio.gov, with The City of San Antonio named as additional insured. The San Antonio Film Commission will forward the production insurance requirements; liability insurance of $1M is required.
  • A film permit is NOT required for filming on public property for breaking news purposes, but is required for filming that is scheduled ahead of time.
  • A film permit is NOT required for filming on private property.
  • A film permit is required for any drone activity that is over city-owned property, including streets and sidewalks.

Non-City Location Info

The following locations are NOT covered by the City of San Antonio film permit and need to receive approvals from the contacts and/or forms below:

Filmmakers can contact the Film Commission with any questions about locations, contacts and permits at (210) 207-6777 and also browse the Film Commission's Location Database

Street Closures

For a list of active street closures, please visit the City of San Antonio's Department of Transportation and Capital Improvement's (TCI) Street Closure List. If your production needs a street closure, please contact TCI's Right-Of-Way Division at (210) 542-8921 to request a temporary street closure permit.

Police Escorts

You can inquire about hiring off-duty police officers by calling (210) 207-7020 any day of the week between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Information needed to reserve off-duty officers is date, time, address of location, a brief description of the type of  event and security needed, and a contact person name and phone number.

Drone Information

All FAA procedures, policies and guidelines apply. Drone information is collected and reviewed through the Film Permit Application. Drones are not permitted over the Riverwalk.

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